Being incarcerated closes many of society’s doors to returning citizens. Often, they find that being labeled a felon excludes them from consideration for business financing, franchise ownership, and access to startup capital. RNS Ventures is a business incubator, accelerator, and venture capital fund formed for the exclusive benefit of criminal justice affected citizens. We aim to provide a path for ideation, business planning, funding, business development, and governance. RNS Ventures negotiates agreements with national franchisors in the business sectors that returning citizens have experience in, such as food service, fitness, beauty and haircare, HVAC, plumbing, janitorial, and others. These agreements ensure that our portfolio companies have access to proven business platforms that might otherwise be closed to them as a result of their criminal justice history. RNS Ventures lowers the cost barriers to startup by leveraging our institutional access to professional services such as legal, marketing, accounting, and human resources.